Monday, December 4, 2017

Episode 04 : The Voice of a Hundred Heroes

Skeleton General Skull Kaiser
(Halloween Empire)

Skull Kaiser, formerly one of Samhain's greatest generals, stages a rebellion against impossible odds. The fate of countless worlds rests upon his ability to protect the Loss Queen and beat back her assailants. Along the way he is forced to fight old friends and make new allies...

Episode 04 : The Voice of a Hundred Heroes

Skull Kaiser is falling in an endless black void. He looks at his hands, which are covered with his own blood, and realizes that he's not wearing the Kaiser Bones any more (this is the second time we see Skull Kaiser's face, but we won't see it again for a long time after). He doesn't understand what's happened to him until he hears the echoing voice of Champagne, then he remembers being defeated in her throne room. He realizes that he's on the threshold of death and suddenly he's surrounded by horrible imagery of atrocities throughout time committed by his master, Samhain. He cannot stomach what he sees though he knows that he's played a very active role in similar events. Other voices begin to crowd into his head, quietly at first, then with more volume and in greater number. He clutches at his head trying to banish the ghosts of the evil he's helped perpetrate, but the ghosts won't go away. Champagne explains that the Kaiser Bones haven't gone anywhere, but that Skull Kaiser is in a coma. The voices he hears are those of the Kaiser Bones themselves still fixed to his own broken body. She continues, telling him how the Bones are the remains of numerous heroes from ages past, all who've been defeated by Samhain or his former generals. Skull Kaiser tries to resist the truth, but he is forced to accept it. First he is filled with self-loathing, then with an overwhelming sense of remorse. He accepts his fate and humbly asks forgiveness before death takes him. But this last act stirs some resonance in the Kaiser Bones and Skull Kaiser feels somewhat uplifted. He hears Champagne's voice again and she offers him a second chance. She makes no demands on him at all and tells him he is free to do whatever he wishes with his second chance. Skull Kaiser then wakes up on the floor of Champagne's throne room, astonished at being completely healed. Choked with emotion, he bows down before the Loss Queen and swears his allegiance to her. He further vows that he will not rest until Samhain's threat to her is extinguished.

To Be Continued...

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